Tomlin: JuJu’s taunting was more disturbing than the hit on Burfict

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Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster picked up two personal foul penalties seconds apart on Monday night, first for an illegal peel back block on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, and then for taunting Burfict. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says the latter bothered him more than the former.

Tomlin said today that Smith-Schuster is a good young man who wasn’t trying to hurt anyone with the hit, but he needs to be more mature than to pick up a taunting penalty.

“His actions after the hit are more disturbing than the hit itself,” Tomlin said. “Often plays like that are teachable moments and when you look at it you talk about ways you can be safer and so forth. He’s a better sportsman than he displayed after the block. He’s got to work hard so that people understand what type of man he is from a sportsmanship standpoint.”

The NFL may suspend Smith-Schuster and will certainly fine him — for both the hit and the taunting.

45 responses to “Tomlin: JuJu’s taunting was more disturbing than the hit on Burfict

  1. If Burfict was a car he would have got towed away and the brakes would have been left on the street

  2. I agree, the hit was hard but clean.

    There’s no excuse for standing over him afterwards though…….well…….I guess it’s OK if it’s Burfict.

  3. So Mike, was it more or less disturbing than when you tripped Jacoby Jones?

    No it was close to Gronk’s move though.

    TeddylyingMurph I guess you would call this Tomlin cheering on cheapshots like Gronk…right? Pat’s fans are by far the worst.

  4. joetoronto says:

    December 5, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    I agree, the hit was hard but clean.

    There’s no excuse for standing over him afterwards though…….well…….I guess it’s OK if it’s Burfict.
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    And illegal.

    I would like to see him try that with Burfict facing him. Won’t happen.

  5. So Mike, was it more or less disturbing than when you tripped Jacoby Jones?
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    or probably more disturbing then Gronk trying to end a guys career and send a meaningless

    apology. Cheap shot artist.

  6. The Steelers lead with their helmets against the Bengals (See Shazier on Bernard, 2016 Wild Card game; Shazier on Malone, last night; and JuJu on Burfict, last night).
    By contrast, the Bengals lead with their shoulders against the Steelers (See Burfict on Brown, 2016 Wild Card game; Iloka on Brown, last night).

    Maybe the terrible Shazier injury will prompt Tomlin/Butler/Porter to change their hitting philosophy, which is dirty, and also dangerous to both sides.

  7. That was an intentional dirty hit. They were trying to hurt the dirtiest player in the league. Standing over him was additional proof.

    So if you believe in an eye-for-an-eye then fine, but Tomlin saying he wasn’t trying to hurt anyone is BS.

  8. The hit is illegal in the NFL. That’s a fact and not an opinion. Also, I thought two personal fouls equal an ejection so I’m not sure how he wasn’t ejected after completing two person fouls during the same play?

  9. The hit was illegal and the taunting afterwards was just pathetic. As a coach or owner i dont want a player who would act like that after hurting someone on my team, he would be cut, end of story, that’s cowardly and pathetic.

  10. puckskin says:
    December 5, 2017 at 12:39 pm
    It was so disturbing Jujus teammate Decastro actually pulled him off Burfict.
     
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    theroc5156 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 12:42 pm
    joetoronto says:
    December 5, 2017 at 12:31 pm
    I agree, the hit was hard but clean.
    There’s no excuse for standing over him afterwards though…….well…….I guess it’s OK if it’s Burfict.
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    And illegal.
    I would like to see him try that with Burfict facing him. Won’t happen.

    How much more in his face could he be? If you watch the play, he is blocked chest to chest so Burfict had to be facing him!

  11. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 5, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    So Mike, was it more or less disturbing than when you tripped Jacoby Jones?

    No it was close to Gronk’s move though.

    TeddylyingMurph I guess you would call this Tomlin cheering on cheapshots like Gronk…right? Pat’s fans are by far the worst.
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    Lie the Steelers lead the Patriots in SBs, their fans lead in being hypocritical. JuJu lined him up and delivered a headshot. Clear intent to injure. He’s no better than Burfict and much much worse than Gronk. That was totally cold blooded what JuJu did.

  12. Maybe he’s right, probably not, but in any case, Tomlin now leads the league in tone-deaf comments. I don’t know anything about him as an HC, players seem to like him. But it’s as certain as gravity that he’ll weigh in on some matter utterly clueless as to media, bulletin board material, or just plain off.

  13. I agree with Tomlin 100%. Burfict outweighs Smith-Schuster by 40 pounds. Smith-Schuster probably got so excited because he couldn’t believe Burfict went down like he did. It wasn’t a lucky hit. but Smith-Schuster had the perfect leverage, and Burfict wasn’t squared up. But the Steelers were trying to keep pace with the Patriots for home field advantage, and this was a very crucial drive. If Smith-Schuster thought he was going to get away with the taunt, he’s dumber than dumb. If he wasn’t aware of the taunting rules, he’s dumber than dumb. The hit was fine. It was just a freak accident. The taunting was inexcusable. He wouldn’t be back next year, if I were running the Steelers.

  14. Oh the irony, someone being fined for hitting Burfict!

    Clean hit, he was flagged for the taunting, get over yourselves!

    Love all the articles florio has written about the hit on AB though, well done!

  15. Juju lays a hit right in the middle of burficts pads and gronk spears a guy in the middle of his back and its supposed to be the same.lol Please, gronks is as illegal as it gets. The guy is dirty. The only thing juju did wrong was taunt. This isn’t PG, Golf talk its football.

  16. Starting to feel like something is really off this year with what feels like a big uptick in the injuries and chippy nonsense, and I’m sure the league is noticing that the public and media are noticing. Real soon I think the hammer should come down on dirty hits, to the point where the history of fines and suspensions doesn’t apply anymore, as it shouldn’t. New Englander here — I love me some Gronk, but two games and a $100,000 more still feels right, not just as a punishment, but a MESSAGE to all. Something really needs to change in the culture, deep down. How about hammerheads stop arguing about all the emotion and passion in the game and emphasize instead that the millions of dollars paid to players requires not only talent but professionalism, with the owners actually caring about the guys on the gridiron (tee hee), or at the very least as an investment that needs to be protected as much as possible in the dangerous and violent sport.

  17. The hit was borderline dirty. The taunting was nothing less than disgusting. The league can’t go about suspending people who get regular calls from the jerk store, but they should fine him.

  18. There is a long history of Steeler cheap shot artists. Tomlin’s comments are giving the green light to more of the same. Tomlin has zero credibility but is loved by his gang ,I mean players . The Zebras seem to love the Steelers as well. If this game is the N.F.L. it really does stand for “not for long”. Lots of empty seats last night.

  19. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    December 5, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 5, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    So Mike, was it more or less disturbing than when you tripped Jacoby Jones?

    No it was close to Gronk’s move though.

    TeddylyingMurph I guess you would call this Tomlin cheering on cheapshots like Gronk…right? Pat’s fans are by far the worst.
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    Lie the Steelers lead the Patriots in SBs, their fans lead in being hypocritical. JuJu lined him up and delivered a headshot. Clear intent to injure. He’s no better than Burfict and much much worse than Gronk. That was totally cold blooded what JuJu did.

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    Don’t forget, Tomlin and the Steelers lead the NFL with head coached tripping players during live game play

    There is no greater display of poor sportsmanship in the history of the NFL

  20. Yes coach, it was disturbing to see Juju doing what he did. Another disturbing act that no one is talking about is what Leveon Bell keeps doing to Kirkpatrick. I feel for that dude.

  21. According to those with the NFL, the hit was approximately six inches to high. If we’re going to split hairs and call that dirty, some of you need to get your eyes checked. I do get why everybody’s up in arms about the taunting, but if you’ve ever played the game, then you’d understand the emotions that come with laying your opponent out, it comes with the territory. I don’t think he intentionally tried to injure him, it was a football play.

  22. Steelers are taught this kind of bush league bullcrap, they do it all of the time to the Bengals players. I guarantee behind closed doors the other players and coaches are high fiving him and ready to pay his fine.

  23. steelcurtainn says:
    December 5, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Juju lays a hit right in the middle of burficts pads

    Either you haven’t seen the play or you are so deep in steelermania that you have no objectivity left at all. Watch it again. Flat out crown of helmet to side of helmet/facemask.

    I understand supporting your players but that’s ridiculous to suggest it was not a head shot.

  24. When your own teammate is telling you to knock off the taunting, you’re being an idiot.

    At least DeCastro had enough class to push him away from the act.

    The hit was fine, that’s football. Standing over the dude after the fact is a punk move.

  25. The hit was hard but clean. It happened within the whistles. JuJu was blocking a defender, and he led with his shoulder to the shoulder (and yes, I’ve seen the play, multiple times, in slo-mo). You don’t decide the legality of a hit by how hard the opponent hit the turf, by how idiotic the player behaved afterward, or by how obnoxious the team’s fans have been about other players on social media. I have no idea why Gronk did what he did–to me, it seemed a momentary aberration. It’s an intense game and sometimes people lose their heads. But the play was long over and the player on the ground. The situations are not comparable.

    Yes, the taunting was the worst of it, and I hope Tomlin does use this as a teachable moment. So far, Brown has been doing most of the teaching where JuJu is concerned–and heaven knows he never misses an opportunity to showboat.

  26. two personal foul penalties, Should of got him ejected. Isn’t that the rule. The officials had a bad night all the way around.

  27. That was the stupid part. Everyone forgets how Burfict hit Brown and took Bell out of game with illegal tackling. Lets not look at Burfict as this role model. Look how he was not passed out and went after JUJU, also listening to the side line announcer Burfict wanted his restraints taken off out side locker room, does not sound like won serious hurt. The hit was close but yes no need for taunting save that for when you score a TD and make a tackle then do all the rain dances under celebration not taunting rules. No horse in race I thought it was a hard fought football game that the officials were poor and some of the after talking of the TV commentators was bad.

  28. I don’t understand fans with the subjective lenses they view hits. If the technology existed to change the uniforms in a video, and put a patriot uniform on JUJU and a steeler uniform on Gronk, both fanbases would change their comments. People comment purely based on the uniform complete blinders. What it comes down to are whether a hit was part of the game? To me there are degrees of hits. Gronk lined up a player well after the play was over and used an elbow to the head of a defenseless player who didn’t even see it coming. A non football hit.

    Then there is the JJSS hit that’s in the act of a football move where H2H contact occurred, but the players were lined up running at each other in a direct line, Burfict just isn’t looking. Is it JUJU’s responsibility to warn burfict? When a linebacker crushes a RB and the RB didnt see him, is that a penalty?

    Then there’s the Iloka launching himself with crown of the of his helmet to Browns head, which while the hit was during a play the hit only intent seems to be to dislodge the ball by decapitation.

    I think the only thing we can all agree on is the taunting is wrong. But using Gronks analogy, Burfict was running his mouth all night long at Bell, Brown, Ben, and the steelers bench, perhaps JUJU had heard enough?

  29. There’s no comparison between the hits by Gronk and JuJu. Gronk’s was after the play was over while JuJu’s was during a live ball. Gronk should have gotten 2 games.

  30. Reading these comments makes me sad for America. There is so much stoopidity and you don’t even know it. Strong and wrong, the Murican way.

    No wonder the average salary is only $30k and you elected a douche bag for POTUS….

  31. Coming soon…..the NFFL! National Flag Football League. Juju’s hit was a shot across the bow to Berfict. He didn’t target with the helmet-to-helmet. Helmets are not small, try blocking someone up high because you can’t block below the waist while trying to keep the hit in front so no block in the back is called, all that without a portion of the helmet potentially hitting theirs. There will be some incidental contact with the helmets at times. A crushing block to the midsection or chest is encouraged wouldn’t we agree? Suspension….BS!

  32. Either you haven’t seen the play or you are so deep in steelermania that you have no objectivity left at all. Watch it again. Flat out crown of helmet to side of helmet/facemask.

    I understand supporting your players but that’s ridiculous to suggest it was not a head shot.
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    I am objective, and what I seen his JUJU squaring up and laying an awesome hit on burfict. Was there incidental contact with each other’s helmet, sure, but it wasn’t intentional. However, gronks hit is as bad and intentional as it gets. A spear in the back why a man is on the ground. It’s crap and uncalled for. Go back and look at it again, it wasn’t no intentional headshot.

  33. “Teachable moment” is that how you describe that headhunting, cheap shot? Yes Burfict has pulled the same crap over the years, hard to feel sorry for him but still, in today’s game that is illegal and a cheap shot. Burfict didn’t see it coming and JuJu’s helmet did catch him under the chin. Teachable moment? Really?

  34. For those saying it was a clean hit, that is not correct. Due to a game between these same two teams in 2008, in 2009, the league passed what is referred to as the “Hines Ward rule”.

    Blindside blocks are illegal if the blocker’s helmet, shoulder or forearm makes contact with the head or neck area of the opponent, who is considered defenseless in that situation.

  35. I hate the direction the league has taken lately with an alarming increase in the cheap shots, pushing and shoving, and general lack of composure some players have been exhibiting. I understand it’s a competitive, violent game between big boys oozing testosterone and there is a lot of physical and emotional stress put on the players during a game, but these are highly paid “professionals” who basically need to grow up. I feel like we are heading down a slippery slope and as much as I’m not a fan of excessive discipline, the league needs to nip this foolishness in the bud.

    Specifically relating to Burfict, I hate to see any player get injured but if there was one player who deserved a bit of “what he had coming”, it was Burfict. He’s been a head-hunting Neanderthal for years. He goes out and instigates fights with opponents, provoking players, but then everyone is shocked when those opponents decide they’ve had enough. I’m not condoning retaliation, and opposing players should still somehow take the high road and keep their emotions in check, but let’s not act like he’s an innocent victim in this scenario.

  36. “Tomlin: JuJu’s taunting was more disturbing than the hit on Burfict”
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    The coach should be suspended a game just for that pathetic statement.

  37. The people saying this was a clean hit are clueless…it was a blindside block and also helmet to helmet. Also on that play, there should not have been a choice of which penalty to accept (unnecessary roughness or taunting)…both should have been accessed, Steelers should have lost 30 yards, like the same BS that happened to the Bengals in the playoff game.

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